Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Midway Animal Hospital in Homosassa! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 352-795-7110 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Robin Dearden, DVM – Owner

Education: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Ultrasound, endoscopy, endocrine disorders

Dr. Dearden graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After being an associate veterinarian for a number of years and developing a wonderful clientele, she purchased the practice from Dr. K.C. Nayfield. Since becoming a veterinarian at Midway Animal Hospital she has developed special interests in internal medicine and abdominal ultrasonograghy. She is married and has a handsome son. She also shares her home with a Bullmastiff, a Lab mix and a German Shepard police dog.

K.C. Nayfield, DVM – Orthopedic Veterinarian

Education: Florida State University
Interests: Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, endoscopy

Dr. Nayfield opened Midway Animal Hospital in July 1982. His special interests are general surgery, orthopedic surgery, knee surgery, fracture repairs and endoscopy. He has even designed original orthopedic hardware, which debuted at the Annual Conference for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also does charitable works, including traveling to impoverished areas in the Bahamas and Cuba to spay and neuter the feral animals there, trying to help control the pet population. He has received his B.S. in 1974 Cum Laude from F.S.U., M.S. in Veterinary Physiology from U.F. in 1975 and his DVM at UF in 1980. He has been happily married to Marybeth for 32 years and has two sons Kyle and Cory. He has two dogs, Arlo and Mogi – the “Mongrel Corgi”. His professional website is www.kcnayfielddvm.com.

Amanda Thomas, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Education: Western University of Health Science
Interests: Internal Medicine, Surgery

Dr. Thomas grew up in Cocoa, Florida, a rural community which exposed her to wildlife in her own back yard. She spent much of her childhood trying to save animals ranging from rabbits to reptiles.

Dr. Thomas completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida, and earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She spent time working at the University of Florida in research, and volunteered with a nearby Horse Retirement Farm and local humane societies.

Dr. Thomas is a valued member of the Midway Animal Hospital Team. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and radiology. She is s member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

When she is not working hard, Dr. Thomas enjoys camping, traveling, nature walks, watching movies or hanging out with her friends and family, she is also a talented artist who enjoys painting. She is a pet parent to a Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot named Angel and a Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle named Jypsy.

Sharon Thornhill, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Education: Mississippi State University
Interests: Exotics, pocket pets

Dr. Thornhill is a Florida native and University of Florida alumni who spent some time out of state to graduate with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University. After spending some time to work with injured marine life such as sea turtles in Gulfport, MS she decided to return home to Florida seeking a her career in private practice.

Previously, she worked for 10 years in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care with a small stint in Research at the McKnight Brian Institute in Gainesville, FL. She has provided instruction to Veterinary Students in Intensive Care Nursing and Techniques as well as given lectures on Emergency and Critical Care subjects to Veterinary Technicians.

Dr. Thornhill enjoys a variety of hobbies such as SCUBA, kayaking, historical reenactments, and drawing. She is Mom to two precious young boys, her rescued dog and now-permanent foster cat.
(Professional interests include soft tissue surgery, general/internal medicine, and exotics.)

John Peterlin, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Peterlin has been an important part of Midway’s evolution, he is well known and respected by our pets, clients and team members here at Midway.
Dr. Peterlin currently sees patients on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Stacie – Hospital Management and Lead Technician

Stacie joined the Midway team back in 2002. She enjoys living on a farm with her horses, goats, dobermans, cats and chickens. Stacie is very creative and enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, horseback riding, nature and spending time with family and friends. “I love being a part of our Midway Family.”

Danielle – Hospital Management and Inventory Manager

Danielle joined the Midway team in 1994. She has grown along with the practice and has joined our Management team. She is a talented Veterinary Technician and continually helps provide guidance and support to our veterinary Technician team. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. Her passion has always been Senior pet rescue. She really enjoys spending time outside of work with her wonderful husband and there 2 beautiful children.

Laura, CVT – Client Service Lead

I graduated from Michigan State University with my degree in Veterinary Technology. I started my technician career in Wisconsin in mixed animal practice, then transitioned to equine-only clinics. After a few years, I moved to veterinary product sales. I am happy to now be back where I started, working with the owners and patients here at Midway Animal Hospital. In my spare time, I love to garden and tend to my flowers.

Amie – Client Services

I joined the Midway team in April 2012. I really enjoy working here with everyone because we all take pride in what we do and the staff treats you like family. I absolutely enjoy animals and all wildlife and seeing our clients leave happy knowing their pet has been well taken care of here! I have a daughter who I adore with all my heart. In my spare time, I like to go out on the boat, whether it by fishing, snorkeling, or soaking up the sun and enjoying life to the fullest everyday!

Lisa – Client Services

Lisa joined the Midway team as a receptionist in May of 2013. She decided to come to Midway after bringing her pets here as a client. She appreciates how everyone at Midway really cares about the animals and wants the best for them and their owners. Since becoming a team member she enjoys how well everyone gets along and works together for a common goal. She has a background and degree in Culinary Arts and served as a private Chef for 4 years before returning to Citrus County from Sarasota. She now lives in Homosassa with her boyfriend Dale. Her pets include 6 Rhode Island Reds and a rabbit named Oreo.

Kristy – Client Services

Kristy is one of our very versatile technicians. Although she is primarily in client services, she can also be found doing dentistry, assisting surgical procedures, in our hospital ward, and treatment areas. She is happily married and has a beautiful daughter. She enjoys fun family outings withher 3 Labrador Retrievers, Morgan, Finnley and Macie.

Doreen – Technician

Doreen is our lab guru, and has been at Midway for many years. “I joined the Midway team in 2002. I have 3 children, 4 dogs, and a cat. I enjoy camping, boating, playing softball, bowling and working with animals”.

Cheryl – Technician

Cheryl joined the Midway team as a technician in 2014. She has become a reassuring, familiar presence to many of our longtime patients. Cheryl moved to Florida from Delaware with her husband to enjoy our beautiful outdoor weather and activities. Cheryl says; “I’m one of those lucky people that get to do what they love every day; working with animals and the people that love them- there’s nothing better.”

Annie – Technician

Annie came to us from sunny St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. She is an integral part of our technician team. Annie is a talented and versatile Veterinary Technician with several years of experience in patient care, surgery and dentistry.

Sarah – Hospital Ward Coordinator

You will find Sarah in several areas of our hospital, including patient rooms, treatment and client service. Sarah is a kind and dedicated team member with a passion for helping animals and people.

Sara, CVT – Technician

Sara is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has years of experience and knowledge behind her. She can be found in our treatment area, hospital ward and often in our patient rooms

Kassy – Technician

Kassy joined our team in 2017.  She started rescuing all types of animal in need at a young age. She has a degree in zoo and aquarium sciences. She moved to California after a major oil spill and did marine rescue to 3 years. She moved back to Florida and  has found a passion for small animals. She loves making a difference with a great team.

Debbie – Surgery Tech

I was drawn to the field of Veterinary Medicine because of my passion for animals. Working at Midway is an amazing experience. I have made wonderful friends and learned so many amazing techniques in surgery and dentistry. I have a young son who runs the house along with 4 dogs, a cat, a gerbil and any other creature he decides to bring home to learn more about.

Ozzy – House Cat & Blood Donor

Keeper – Hospital Dog & Blood Donor